Album Reviews: Twin Cinema by The New PornographersSometimes power pop is too sugary sweet without enough kick. It's too catchy or too soft. You love it right away, but the taste turns bland. You tire of it easily. But the New Pornographers are just right, a perfect blend of power pop and rock. The chunky riffs and razor sharp hooks last a lot longer here because the lyrics and melodies leave more to discover. It's instantly loveable, but becomes even more so over time. The New Pornographers rock with passion. At this point in the year, it's safe to say this is at least one of the top five albums of 2005.
Twin Cinema is the third album from the Canadian supergroup. But let's stop calling them that, because with this superb release, the New Pornographers are now bigger and better than any of the other members' projects. A.C. (Carl) Newman brings his "A" game and best material to share with other talents like Neko Case and Dan Bejar. Of the many highlights are two contenders for song of the year ("Sing Me Spanish Techno" and "Use It"). Punchy piano, gorgeous vocals, and rich, multilayered lyrics abound on this widescreen, surround-sound presentation.
Nobody else is doing what the New Pornographers do any more. And maybe they never did. Catchy without being repetitive or boring, Twin Cinema is akin to the feeling you get from a '50s diner or a Norman Rockwell painting. It evokes something we think existed: A time, a place, a way of doing things we yearn to return to, but that never really was. It is that way right now when you spin Twin Cinema. Don't look for it. You've found it. - Jeff Kamin
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